May's Brexit mission: PM to join David Davis in Brussels in bid to break EU deadlock

Posted on Oct 16 2017 - 9:31am by admin

The Prime Minister will meet Commission president Mr Juncker and chief negotiator Mr Barnier just days after they said exit negotiations were deadlocked.

She will travel with Mr Davis for the meetings. 

Mrs May’s office confirmed the meetings and said they were a long-planned part of the prime minister’s build up to a European Council summit on Thursday.

The announcement is a sign Mrs May is keen to negotiate an exit deal with the EU after Brussels said that the latest round of negotiations had ended in deadlock over the UK’s divorce bill. 

EU leaders could hand Mrs May an olive branch at the summit by launching their own internal preparations for a transition to a new relationship with Britain.

It comes after it emerged Mrs May had spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the phone, when both of them agreed talks should continue. 

Negotiations over Britain’s withdrawal from the 28-strong bloc have stalled after negotiator for Brussels, Michel Barnier, refused to continue until a financial settlement was agreed.

He said: “We are at an impasse, which is very worrying for thousands of projects everywhere in Europe and also worrying for those who contribute.

“I am still convinced that, with political will, decisive progress is within reach in the coming two months. With David Davis, we will organise several negotiating meetings between now and the end of the year.”

Many member states and politicians have sought to “punish” Britain for voting to leave, and leaving a gigantic black hole in the EU budget.

“I am still convinced that, with political will, decisive progress is within reach in the coming two months. With David Davis, we will organise several negotiating meetings between now and the end of the year.”

Many member states and politicians have sought to “punish” Britain for voting to leave, and leaving a gigantic black hole in the EU budget.

It comes after a draft joint statement by EU leaders revealed the bloc is set to tell Britain it must improve the terms of its withdrawal offer and make “sufficient progress” on three of the main sticking points of divorce talks, namely the Irish border, the exit bill, and ensuring citizens’ rights.

The draft document reads: “At its next session in December, the European Council will reassess the state of progress in the negotiations with a view to determining whether sufficient progress has been achieved.

“If so, [the Council will] adopt additional guidelines in relation to the framework for the future relationship and on possible transitional arrangements which are in the interest of the Union and live up to the conditions and core principles of the guidelines of 29 April 2017.”

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